The Clean, Green & Sustainable Board aims to look after and promote respect for the local environment in Barking and Dagenham.
The look and feel of the built environment and the open spaces which link it always features highly in public consultation in relation to defining the satisfaction of the local community with the borough. It provides both people who live and work here, or are visiting, with their first impression of the borough and tends to define how they regard and describe it to others. Accordingly, we believe that the people of Barking and Dagenham deserve to live and work in not only a clean, green, and well designed environment, but one in which everyone feels themselves a stakeholder in preserving and enhancing for the future.
The key aims of the Clean, Green & Sustainable Board are:
i) To support the delivery of the Barking and Dagenham Community Priorities that are under the theme 'Clean' with specific remit to:
- look after and promote respect of the local environment by ensuring our streets and public spaces are cleaner, tidier, safer and greener;
- raise a greater awareness of the actions needed to tackle climate change, with less pollution, waste, fly-tipping and graffiti;
- ensure that sustainability is mainstreamed across the partnership as highlighted in the Community Plan;
- reducing the Partnership’s carbon footprint and CO2 emissions.
ii) Act as a ‘think-tank’ for identifying new opportunities from feedback from the community highlighted in engagement and consultation activities
The Board has purposely set itself up to operate differently from the other Partnership Boards by holding its meetings out in the local community and themed around specific environmental issues and reviewing and challenging activity being undertaken and planned around those themes. A flavour of the Boards work is set out in the section below. I am confident that we can build on the enthusiasm generated over the past year to continue to raise awareness of and successfully deliver on our environmental agenda.
Darren Henaghan, Divisional Director of Customer Services
Chair, Clean, Green & Sustainable Board